“…Valencell has been keen to emphasize the applications of its technology in products such as earbuds, with a recently granted patent pertaining to ‘earbud covers’.”
Samsung has licensed Valencell patents related to the latter’s ear-based biometric wearable technology. The non-exclusive patent licensing deal provides Samsung access to Valencell’s technology concepts, but not to its products and support.
In a statement announcing the deal, Valencell emphasized the importance of licensing and its patent portfolio to its business, noting that it currently has 35 granted patents and over 70 others pending. CEO Dr. Steven LeBoeuf also highlighted the applications of the technology entailed in the licensing agreement, stating, “We’re pleased to work with Samsung Electronics to provide a patent license for our inventions that are critical for accurate heart rate monitoring in hearables.”
By “hearables”, Dr. LeBoeuf uses his company’s terminology for ear-based biometric devices. Blood flow signals detectable through a user’s ears can be used to monitor a number of cardiac measures, and Valencell has been keen to emphasize the applications of its technology in products such as earbuds, with a recently granted patent pertaining to ‘earbud covers’.
With a major consumer electronics company like Samsung now licensing its technology, it could soon reach an even wider swath of end users in the mass market, further popularizing biometrics in consumer electronics.